Largest skeleton suspended without external support

Last updated: October 11, 2017 at 1:31 am

The skeleton of a 25 m (82 ft) blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) that washed up on the coast of Prince Edward Island in 1987 became the centrepiece of the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Beaty Biodiversity Museum in May 2010. The skeleton, the largest in Canada, is also the largest skeleton in the world to be suspended without external support. It is displayed in a glass atrium in the species’ signature lunge feeding pose. The skeleton was cleaned and degreased in Victoria after it was recovered from the sand near Tignish, Prince-Edward-Island, where it had been buried for over 20 years. Installation of the blue whale skeleton in the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum atrium took approximately one month.

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